Burn Injuries & Accidents

Burn Injuries & Accidents

Burn Injuries & Accidents Lawyer
In Fort Lauderdale, FL

Approximately 450,000 Americans seek medical treatment for serious burns every year, per the American Burn Association. Approximately 3,500 people are fatally injured in a fire or burn accident. These burns can occur during a car accident (whether from road rash, airbags, vehicle fire, etc.), exposure to chemicals, in a fire, or even during a family BBQ.

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The National Fire Protection Association says two out of every five home fires involve cooking equipment, including, fryers, fondue pots or grills. Unattended food accounts for one in three fires and half of these originate from highly flammable grease, fat or oil. If the remnants aren’t disposed of properly or grease catches fire, the ensuing chaos leads to containers of oil, hot pans, or flaming potholders accidently being dropped, thrown or splattered on nearby family and friends, which can be life-altering.

In case of a burn, it is vitally important to remove the source and seek medical attention immediately in order to minimize the injury. Serious burns can originate from a wide variety of sources including, grease, hot liquids, food, car accidents, chemicals, electricity, violent attacks/acid, and kitchen equipment.

The onset of burn symptoms is typically immediate and results in excruciating pain, disfigurement, and/or difficulty breathing. Exposure to chemical burns often includes more subtle symptoms that can cause long-term medical issues like emphysema, cancer, or even death.

Burn symptoms include uncontrollable pain, difficult or shallow breathing, burns, blisters, red rash on skin, bright blue or red skin/lips/fingernails, fainting, shock, clammy skin, seizures, headaches, dizziness, white or charred skin. These burns could lead to serious health issues, leave the victim disfigured, cause chronic pain, and some times even require amputations. Serious burns could require multiple surgeries on the road to recovery. Burn victims and their families suffer emotional pain, mental anguish and PTSD.

Depending on the circumstances, cause and extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, medical payments benefits, workers’ compensation benefits. You may also receive compensation from the at-fault party for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages lost earning capacity, disfigurement, damages, pain, and mental distress and suffering.

Parties that are potentially liable for your injuries and damages include at-fault driver, employer, contractor, product manufacturer, or homeowner. Unfortunately, the insurance companies often undervalue the damages incurred by burn victims. That is why it is vital that you hire an attorney to assist with your claim and obtain the maximum compensation afforded to you. At DiStefano Law, LLC, we can help you with your options and maximize your compensation.